Nutrition Month Blog

Posted by [email protected] on June 1, 2016 at 3:40 PM

                                                             National Nutrition Month: The Registered Dietitian, Healthy Eating, and Unforgiveness

March is National Nutrition month, when we as a nation celebrate healthy eating, and work to empower Americans to choose a healthy diet. This diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. On March 11, “Registered Dietitian (RD) Nutritionist Day,” we as a nation will celebrate all the nutrition and dietetic professionals that help Americans to eat healthier. Happy RD day to all of my colleagues, you are truly making a difference in the lives of the millions of clients across our nation.

At Forgive4 Health Ministries, we know that unforgiveness can have a major impact on healthy eating. For example, have you had a fight with a family member and found yourself binge eating on foods that you know you should avoid? Or had a hard day at work and found yourself drawn to that bar of chocolate? Yes, I am sure that we can all agree that our emotions can influence our dietary habits. Another factor that could sidetrack your plans to follow a healthy diet is unforgiveness. As you might remember, unforgiveness can lead to anger, depression, anxiety, etc. Of course, anger, depression, and anxiety have a tremendous influence on what we eat.

As Forgive4 Health Ministries, we serve many clients who are “emotional eaters”; they reach for comfort foods when they are angry, eat high sugar foods when they are down, and lose all control of their caloric intake over the weekend, because they are lonely. If this sounds like you, then please speak to your local RD for some individualized tips to help with these issues. However, in the meantime, consider the following tips:

• If you are an emotional eater, take our forgiveness test, and if your scores are low, do some self-reflection to identify what might be bothering you, then work to let it go

• Remember that you are what you eat, so choose wisely

• Keep those “danger foods” out of your pantry and refrigerator

• Find a friend to speak to about any issues you might have, and to keep you accountability

If food takes your pain away, then work to find out why that is the case. After all, over time, the accumulation of poor eating and physical inactivity can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. So, take some time to make small changes that can lead to a healthier life.

Happy nutrition month to all our readers, and remember if unforgiveness is affecting how you are eating, give us a call at 404-500-9204 to see how if any, we can help you to let it go, and to start your journey toward a healthier you.

To Good Health!

Dr. Meg

 

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